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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 09:03 AM

Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore

The effects of this on our body politic are concerning. Int might be another factor in this strange debacle we are experiencing now. Also, the Soviet work week was interesting to learn about.

Our unpredictable and overburdened schedules are taking a dire toll on American society.

Just under a century ago, the Soviet Union embarked on one of the strangest attempts to reshape the common calendar that has ever been undertaken. As Joseph Stalin raced to turn an agricultural backwater into an industrialized nation, his government downsized the week from seven to five days. Saturday and Sunday were abolished.

In place of the weekend, a new system of respite was introduced in 1929. The government divided workers into five groups, and assigned each to a different day off. On any given day, four-fifths of the proletariat would show up to their factories and work while the other fifth rested. Each laborer received a colored slip of paper—yellow, orange, red, purple, or green—that signified his or her group. The staggered schedule was known as nepreryvka, or the “continuous workweek,” since production never stopped.

Socially, the nepreryvka was a disaster. People had no time to see friends; instead they associated by color: purple people with purple people, orange with orange, and so on. Managers were supposed to assign husbands and wives to the same color but rarely did. The Communist Party saw these dislocations as a feature, not a bug, of the new system. The Party wanted to undermine the family, that bourgeois institution. “Lenin’s widow, in good Marxist fashion, regarded Sunday family reunions as a good enough reason to abolish that day,” according to E. G. Richards, the author of Mapping Time, a history of the calendar.

Workers, however, were upset. One of them openly complained to Pravda: “What are we to do at home if the wife is in the factory, the children in school, and no one can come to see us? What is left but to go to the public tea room? What kind of life is that—when holidays come in shifts and not for all workers together? That’s no holiday, if you have to celebrate by yourself.”


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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:04 AM

1. Good article.

We use to work to support our private lives. Now our private lives support the corporation, which often pays miserly wages & yet wants us to buy their products & services. So the banksters stepped up & said, "Hey, we'll fill the gap by giving everyone easy credit," & viola, here we are, a nation of debt slaves.

A few years ago I read an article where the author stated Americans were trinket rich, but equity poor. We have enough money to buy cars, fancy electronics, & brand name sneakers, but we have no equity in our homes or bank accounts. We let them sucker us into giving us credit instead of raising our wages, & into giving them more & more of our private lives without compensation. Pompeo & his ilk blame the decline of America on turning from religion when really its when we turned our citizens into profit centers for the corporations.

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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:13 AM

2. +1

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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:24 AM

3. We took all the humanity out of society and replaced it with soulless name brands.

There's no such thing as "mom and pop" anymore. Not a second of the day goes by where you don't see ads for giant mega corporations like Geico, Progressive, Apple, Capitol One, State Farm, McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut, I could go on and on and on. Where we used to have an off switch for this shit, now we don't. And not having the off switch is what is turning society crazy.

Yeah it's not the lack of religion in society as people like Barr and Pompeo would have you believe. It's that giant corporations and relentless corporate greed are the religion. To quote the late great George Carlin - "They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it".

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